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Mountain Times: May the new year be good for all

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Mountain Times
By Norm and Alan Nicholls

It looks like the holiday tourist traffic provided a needed boost to get our local economy somewhat back on track. Hopefully the tourism dollars will continue to flow in during the remainder of the ski season and beyond.

We attended several parties and family gatherings during the holidays. Based upon conversations with friends and acquaintances, the consensus seems to be that 2010 will definitely be better than 2009. It was interesting to talk to individuals about their ups and downs during 2009, and I think this had a lot to do with fear and attitude. I cannot tell a lie … I had a lot of stinkin’ thinkin’ going on especially during the summer. It negatively affected my attitude, my health, my relationships, my clients, and my self esteem.

The last three months of the year I really worked hard at adjusting my attitude. The more optimistic I got, the more things turned around and the better life and business seemed to get. It got easier to handle stressful situations and definitely helped my ego.

As an Optimist Club member, I have recited the following creed at meetings for more than 27 years. In the past few months I have begun to recite it multiple times every single day. May I share it with you and may it also give you a basis for a happier life:

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. (Optimist International).

Speaking of Optimists, our local Truckee Optimist Club would like to thank everyone who purchased their Christmas tree this year from the lot. All 750-plus trees were sold and the profits exceeded all expectations. A special thank you to Save Mart (the new owners of the Crossroads Shopping Center), for allowing the club to set up in their parking lot. Thanks also to Village Pizzeria and CVS Pharmacy for sharing their parking places. The $25,000 profit will go directly to the local youth in our community!

CONGRATULATIONS John Sproehnle for being our 2009 and#8220;Question of the Weekand#8221; winner.and#8221; John and his wife, Jean, have been North Tahoe/Olympic Valley residents for 50 years! They met at the 1960 Olympics and basically stayed here ever since. Over the years John wore many hats including a lot of ski and construction/real estate related jobs, and operated the very popular restaurant/bar and#8220;The Hearthstoneand#8221; for years with Jean and fellow owners Peter and Vickie Johnson. John and Jean are now retired and are and#8220;pickleballand#8221; fanatics (see

John has chosen and#8220;Excellence in Educationand#8221; as the beneficiary of our annual $500 donation, which will be sent to the organization in his name.

We would like to thank the nearly 500 readers who took the time to play our game this past year. This was a rise of nearly 100 over the previous year’s contestants. We hope you folks enjoy playing the game, and we appreciate your answers whether they are right or wrong. If you have ideas for questions, or have topics you wish us to write about, please let us know! This is a community column, and we want it to be fun for everyone.

Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.

Last week’s question: The and#8220;Spademanand#8221; binding is the answer we were looking for in the last and#8220;Question of the Week.and#8221; Dan Warren was the first player to respond correctly followed by Leah Krone, Denny Anderson, Charlie White, Larry Burtness, Pam Ayer, Gordy Kjer, Paul Tomasello, Mary De Lisle, Kim Lim, Pat Northrop, Larry Dowdle, Russell Rosewood, David Hipkins, Wes Schimmelpfennig, and Pete Kolp.

Some players also identified the and#8220;Burtand#8221; binding, and#8220;Cubcoand#8221; binding, and and#8220;Besserand#8221; bindings as other ski bindings of the 70’s that were innovative for that time and lead to the expanding technology of safety bindings.

This week’s question: Years ago (early 80s?) there was a small ski area near the entrance of Alpine Meadows Road where the Alpine Meadows Transportation Center now exists. What was the name of this short lived ski area? Call us at 550-5035 or email us at with your answer or with past memories you may wish to share in a future column.

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